The Straits Times says

Another step in long road to peace

It has been just three months since United States President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore for their historic summit. The talk now is of plans for yet another meeting in the coming months. The Singapore Summit on June 12 was ground-breaking. A second summit, coming soon after the first, begs the question: To what end? Analysts wary of Pyongyang's intentions argue that Mr Kim's promise of working towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula was dangerously vague as it left him too much wriggle room. They also believe he has not done much to follow up since, other than symbolic gestures that included, most recently, not trotting out menacing missile displays.

Meanwhile, Mr Kim wants Washington to first come up with more incentives, chiefly a declaration formally ending the Korean War. But it is unlikely the US will readily declare peace and normalise ties with the North until Pyongyang has completely and verifiably dismantled its nuclear programme - a demand the US has made clear.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2018, with the headline 'Another step in long road to peace'. Print Edition | Subscribe